Visit London this April to see a top new show, watch a star-studded performance or treat the kids to a family-friendly show. Several top picks end this month, so don’t miss out.

The Grinning Man at Trafalgar Studios

The Grinning Man at Trafalgar Studios

Discover the story of scarred hero Grinpayne with The Grinning Man. This show uses acclaimed puppetry and original songs to tell Victor Hugo’s dark tale about a disfigured man who becomes a star fairground attraction. Until 14 of April.

The Birthday Party at Harold Pinter Theatre

Enjoy Harold Pinter’s unsettling dark comedy, The Birthday Party, starring Toby Jones, Zoë Wanamaker, Stephen Mangan and Pearl Mackie. The play follow two strangers as they arrive uninvited at a quiet seaside boarding house, upsetting the lives of its inhabitants. Until 14 Apr.

Frozen at Theatre Royal Haymarket

See award-winning actress Suranne Jones in acclaimed drama Frozen. Jones plays a woman trying to understand the disappearance of her daughter in Bryony Lavery’s play. Until 5 of May.

Chess at the London Coliseum

Chess at London Coliseum. Image courtesy of London Colesium.

See how rivalry, politics and love combine in Chess, a new production of the acclaimed musical. Written by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus with Tim Rice, the show boasts famous songs such as One Night in Bangkok and I Know Him So Well. From 26 of Apr to 2 of June.

Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre

Celebrate the 21st anniversary of Chicago, as the dazzling musical returns to London. Discover the story of chorus girl Roxie Hart who, accused of murder, seeks help from celebrity lawyer Billy Flynn, played by Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. From 26 March to 23 of June.

Strictly Ballroom The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre

Step into the exciting world of competitive dance with Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning film, the musical follows dance master Scott Hastings as he competes in the challenging Pan Pacific championships. From 29 of Mar to 21 of July.

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell – The Musical at the Dominion Theatre

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell – The Musical at the Dominion Theatre poster

Catch Jim Steinman’s smash-hit musical Bat out of Hell – The Musical as it returns to London. Enjoy an exciting tale of troubled teenage love, featuring Meat Loaf’s rock hits such as I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That), and Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad. From 2 of Apr to 28 of July.

Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

Witness the rise and fall of Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre in London. Travel back in time to the bustling streets of ancient Rome, and witness the plot to overthrow the powerful leader. Until 15 of April

Underbelly Festival in South Bank

Street food market at Underbelly Festival

Head to the South Bank to celebrate the beginning of the Underbelly Festival. Enjoy a new season of exciting events and performances, including cabaret and family-friendly shows, as well as one of London’s biggest outdoor bars. From 6 of April to 30 of September.

Summer Season 2018 at Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe's poster

The Shakespeare’s Globe’s Summer Season kicks off in April with a fantastic line-up of some of the Bard’s greatest plays. Rediscover the timeless tale of Hamlet as it comes to life in this spectacular open-air London theatre. From 25 of April to 13 of Oct.